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Sunday Morning

Here we outline the Sunday Optimist Programme as this is the next step after our Learn to Sail course and entry level to club coaching and sailing.

The Sunday Optimist Programme commences late September and runs through to end of April with a break for Christmas. There is a separate booking for Term 4 and another for Term 1. You must have your own Optimist dinghy & sailing gear, including an approved personal flotation device. A wetsuit and thermals are recommended pre-Christmas. Sailors new to Wakatere or those that have just completed their LTS Course will always start in C1 (Confidence One). From there, sailors are graded into one of three groups:-

1. Confidence One (parent coaches)
2. Confidence Two (parent coaches)
3. Learn to Race (YNZ qualified coach)

The club provides a lead coach for this programme and the C1 and C2 groups are supported by a pool of experienced club members who act as support coaches. One child's parent or caregiver is required to attend each session and support the programme ashore or afloat - it's easy and fun. The Sunday Learn to Race Group has a qualified coach but equally relies on parent support in patrol boats. Parents should come dressed to get wet to assist with launching/retrieving or as patrol boat support.


As a parent led programme, the Club policy of enrolment requirements will be adhered to:

- YNZ certified Learn to Sail Course completed

- Wakatere Club membership

- Minimum 200m swim requirement

- Own boat & sailing gear

- Members can access our Book Online page (see main menu)

2019 Term 1 Fees

C1/C2 - $150 (Jan-Apr 2019)

Learn to Race - $180 (Jan-Apr 2019)


Coaching Coordinator: Juliette Richards -

If you are new to the Club, contact Juliette to confirm your age, your Learn to Sail qualification and that you are starting at the right place for your level.

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Last updated 01:46 on 8 March 2019

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